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March 24, 1989 View Point I The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana III 9 By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher The resurrection of Jesus is our major point of reference "Back to basics" is a cry of educators. It is also a guide for a firmly based spiritual life. When we find our lives guided and rooted in Scriptures, we will find a strength and wisdom that is not distracted nor diverted to passing fads or super- ficial understandings. For Christians the resurrection of Jesus is the major point of reference. Without this our faith would be in vain, to paraphrase the writings of the Apostle Paul. For this reason the celebration of Easter Sunday is the most solemn time of the church year. Today, Good Friday, is right in the midst of vhat we call the triduum, the great three-day celebration of the redemption of all God's people. The ceremonies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Vigil of Easter walk us through the final moments of the Lord Jesus' life. We remember and celebrate the girl of the Eucharist, the great commandment of love and the institution of the priesthood. We accompany Jesus through his agonizing self-struggle in the Garden of Gethsemane, the cruel and mindless torture and the horrible crucifixion. We rest through the time of entombment and then are astounded as we recognize again that Jesus is victorious over the forces of evil by rising to new life. Isaiah, the great prophet of the latter half of the eighth century before Christ, becomes the source of such a clear understanding of Christ's role as a suffering servant. It is so clearly express- ed in his words that by the sufferings of the one, the guilt of many will be absolved. We identify this concept as the vicarious suffering of Christ. If you check chapters 52 and 53 of the book of Isaiah, you will find the suffering and triumph of the servant of God clearly mentioned. "See, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high and greatly exalted. Even as many were amazed at him -- so marred was his look beyond that of man, and his appearance beyond that of mortals -- so shall he startle many nations, because-of him kings shall stand speechless; for those who have not been told shall see, those who have not heard shall ponder it." I I II I I James Jett & Associates, Inc. life = health e home o IRA retirement planning 4 7 3--400 5 514 S, Green River Rd. Evansville r IN 47715 We note an even stronger picture of Jesus dur- ing his time of great suffering and physical pain. "There was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him, nor appearance that would attract us to him. He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, . . . and we held him in no esteem. "Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by Cod and af- flicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins, upon him was the chastise- ment that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed." Indeed, we see ourselves ever so clearly now. "We had all gone astray like sheep, each following our own way; but the Lord laid upon him the guilt of us all .... Through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt shall he bear." May our Easter joy be the deeper and stronger through the awareness of the price of our "redemption! l l l Exclusive to readers of the MESSAGE (our everyday sale price is $55 Solid ( mk ARROW BACK CHAIR NOW COMPARE AT $89 American- Made Sturdy Construction 5-1:x:. Dinette Table 37x37x61'" NOW *2999s REG. $8q not a substitute 'Growing Up Well' Jennifer Montgomery, kindergarten teacher at St. Bernard School, Rockport, uses hand puppets to tell a story to her students. The puppets are part of the "Growing Up Well" program which teaches children about building self-esteem and drug and alcohol prevention. St. Bernard is using the pro- gram in conjunction with the South Spencer School Corporation. iii 00ste, ?0000Oee,nSNO 760 HWY 68 EAST P.O. BOX 248 GROCERIES- DRY GOODS- HARDWARE- APPLIANCES BULK & BOTTLED GAS 768-610422-3088 a k= tmJmBt,lF  i IHI ii i ' "Where customers send their fiqends!"  Open nightly til 9 p.m. UcbC]hor, .& Son OLD US 231 SOUTH - ,JASPER, IN - 482-2222 ll I IL -- Message Photo by Mary T. Ellert III LinCo Coffee Services Total Beverage Distributor Indiana - IIIlnols - Kentucky 46 Varieties of Coffees and Teas WHATEVER YOUR TASTE, WE CAN MATCH IT Wuflingl0n 254-440 Evlmsvllle 422-1833 :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::!:;:::::::::::::!:::::::::::::::::::::: American National Bank Oicknell - sandbor:i Vincennes ,, Drive-in Facilities - Member F.],C A Fu, s0rice k ':: r   IIIIIIIII II irl FOR COMPLETe'i* ELECTRICAL SERVIE H.G. FISCHER RTI 1 ST. ANTHONY